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Green light for 86 new homes in Elmswell



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Plans for 86 new homes, a nursery and highways improvements, including a new off-route cycleway, in Elmswell were given the green light today.

Christchurch Land and Estates originally submitted plans for 105 homes to be built on land to the north and west of School Road, but these were revised.

Stakeholders and the applicant have been back and forth to clarify and amend concerns, with the latest plans discussed today in a virtual planning committee meeting. The committee voted by six to one to give the go ahead to the amended plans.

Plans include the construction of 86 new homes Picture by Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council (44047019)
Plans include the construction of 86 new homes Picture by Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council (44047019)

Cllr Matthew Hicks, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Development Control Committee A said: “I am pleased that since deferral in November, positive discussions have taken place between officers, the highways authority, and the applicant to address concerns previously raised by the local community and our committee.

"As a result, revisions to the proposed infrastructure will now allow for the oak tree on School Road to be retained.

“The development will fund a range of highways improvements, benefitting all local residents.

Cllr Matthew Hicks, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Development Control Committee A
Cllr Matthew Hicks, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Development Control Committee A

"Guaranteeing the safety of road users and pedestrians was considered at length by our committee, who successfully requested an additional obligation to provide further assurance on this, before final details of the scheme can progress.

The plans include a new cycleway to promote sustainable transport options for residents, as well as the offer of affordable housing close to local amenities and a new pre-school, which will be partially funded by Christchurch Land and Estates.

Out of the 86 total homes, 30 included will be 'affordable', offering shared ownership opportunities and lower rates than the local market rate.

Further supporting the council's plans to tackle climate change, Christchurch Land and Estates will also ensure homes are energy efficient and 'commit to measures to encourage biodiversity.'

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